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 03.30.16
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Parents in Germany tend to focus more on entertainment value in their child's app and are 38% less likely than British parents and 18% less likely than French parents to rate app safety as their top criteria.
*PlayScience. (2016). App-titudes Europe
 
The Therapeutic Properties of Nature and Play
According to a recent article published in the Journal of Counseling & Development, nature-based, child-centered play therapy may effectively treat behavioral problems in children. The case study implemented a seven-week intervention with four children, two of whom exhibited improved behaviors immediately as well as during a delayed classroom observation assessment. Read More →
Teaching Coding Without Using Screens
Cubetto puts coding into children's own hands... literally. The goal of this product is to teach collaborative coding using a narrative and a hands on approach. Children control a small wooden robot by coding colored blocks onto a physical board and sending the code. This project has far exceeded it's goal on Kickstarter and will be funded in April. Read More →
The Practice of Playing in the Classroom
A recent study published in Sport, Education and Society assesses the implementation of play-based curricula in Canadian classrooms. The article discusses theoretical rationale for integrating play into classroom practices, as well as practical barriers to doing so. The article also considers more abstract issues around play-based curricula such as whether play is being enforced versus being allowed. Read More →
Teen's Design Allows for Soccer Practice Anywhere  
The Kick-it trainer was designed by two teenage siblings who wanted to make kicking practice easier. They developed a device that holds the ball in place so that it can be kicked repeatedly. The device also allows for indoor kicking practice and practice kicking with both feet, and it is easily portable. Read More →
 
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